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The Barrstools @ Crafty Distillery

25 May 18
Nathon Jones


The Barrstools

Join fabulous South Ayrshire group The Barrstools at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 6:00pm as part of this year's festival programme. Superb local gin, good tunes, good songs and the best of craic' - the perfect way to start your Saturday night festival.

The Barrstools are a local 6 piece band with their roots, as the name suggests, lying in the village of Barr in South Ayrshire.

Originally the founding members of Dave Sherry and Quentin 'Cutty' shared vocal duties along with their guitar, banjo and whistle.  The subsequent additions of accordionist Stewart Robertson and multi-instrumentalist piper Hamish Denham, and latterly the percussion of Kevin Borland and double bass of Harry Sheddon, provide the Barrstools with their unique take on drinking songs from pubs across the Atlantic and closer to home, alongside traditional tunes with modern twists.

Taking liberal inspiration from everything; the likes of Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, Fred Morrison to Skippinish and the Dubliners to We Banjo 3, the Barrstools are a high energy, highly entertaining, group that will get your feet tapping and have you "cheers"ing for more.

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Festival live on Folk and Stuff

Don't miss the festival's feature on this evening's Folk and Stuff radio show on Alive Radio 107.3fm from 9:00pm - 11:00pm which, as well as tunes and songs from the artists appearing at this year's festival, also features live performances from the festival association band.


12 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Festival on BBC Radio Ulster

Unbelievable support from the wonderful Lynette Fay and everyone involved in the Folk Club show on BBC Radio Ulster. We were delighted to featured on this week's show which you can listen to for the next 30 days online. Delighted that Lynette also featured our favourite Kim Carnie song! Yay!


11 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Festival trailer at the Cinema

Now showing at the best community cinema in Scotland, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Newton Stewart Cinema for running the festival promotional film as one of their trailers throughout June/July. We got a sneak peak this morning and it's brilliant seeing it on the big screen. Wow!


8 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Shout out for stall holders

Are you an artist, crafter, gardener, trader or local produce maker? We're offering a wonderful opportunity to grab one of the 14 market stalls available to hire at this year's Scottish Highland dancing competition event at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July from 10:30am - 4:30pm.


7 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Save BIG with a Weekend Pass

Wow, it's less than a month until we welcome you all again to the concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, highland dancing, pipes...it's a packed programme again and rightly so for it's our 5th anniversary! Grab a weekend pass and save up to £30.50 per person this year.


7 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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